EL CAJON, CA. Auto racing has always been known as a highly emotional sport. Once in a while tempers flare, the wrong words are spoken, and even an occasional fight breaks out. But there is another side of the sport, one that doesn't get nearly as...
EL CAJON, CA. Auto racing has always been known as a highly emotional sport. Once in a while tempers flare, the wrong words are spoken, and even an occasional fight breaks out. But there is another side of the sport, one that doesn't get nearly as much attention. That is the sportsmanship and camaraderie that takes place between the various teams. If you need to borrow a tool, one is at hand. If you need to borrow a part or even an engine, one of your competitors steps forward.
It was exactly such sportsmanship that enabled Grand American modified point leader Scott Brown to protect his number one position in the standings two weeks ago at Cajon Speedway. As a result the 26-year-old Spring Valley racer will still be on top when the division returns to the 3/8-mile paved oval this Saturday night.
Sharing the asphalt with Cajon's open wheeled division will be the late model sportsman, street stocks, factory stocks, and mini-stockars. Race time is 6:45 PM. Qualifying runs start at 5:15.
Two weeks ago Brown slapped the wall during his heat race and broke an axle. After the race the call went out. Street stocker Ivan Harrison stepped forward. With about 15 minutes to spare, the car was repaired and Brown finished second to his uncle Ron Brown in the main event and protected his point lead.
"Doc saved us," Scott Brown explained. "(If he hadn't helped), we probably would have just threw the old axle in there and taken the green (in the main event). It's all we could have done. But Doc went over to his shop (about five miles away in Santee). He put a new bearing on the axle." Brown wasn't the only one who benefited from assistance from another racer that night. Pony stock rookie Pete Franke was kept on the track when fellow pony stocker Jimmy Kyte loaned him an axle for his Pinto. And in the bomber stocks, Jeff Coskey was still running a motor borrowed from Mark Wendell. It was the second week the motor was in the car after Coskey blew up his engine big time a few weeks earlier.
"He (Mark) came up and said 'I just want to see you race because you're fast out there,' " Coskey related. "He told me not to worry when I give it back."